Chen Xu, China’s Permanent Representative to the UN Headquarters in Geneva, sent a request to the World Health Organization (WHO) asking them to check American biolaboratories to find the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. It is reported by the Global Times.
Xu demanded to check the laboratories at Fort Detrick and the University of North Carolina. This is the first such formal request of the PRC to the organization through diplomatic channels. Attached to the appeal to the head of WHO, Tedros Adanom Ghebreyesus, is a collective letter from 25 million Internet users from China.
According to Xu, the hypothesis that the virus entered the human population as a result of a leak from the Wuhan Institute of Virology is unlikely. “If someone insists that the question of a laboratory leak remains open, then laboratories such as Fort Detrick and the University of North Carolina should be openly investigated,” he said.
Earlier, China rejected a request from WHO to reopen the investigation into the origin of the coronavirus. The Chinese authorities have emphasized that they support scientific, not politicized, versions of how the virus originated.
On Thursday, August 12, WHO called on China to share raw data on the earliest cases of COVID-19. According to the experts of the organization, this measure can help to find out the real causes of the disease, which claimed the lives of 4 million people and paralyzed almost the entire world economy.